Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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April is poetry month! Let's celebrate!

Raindrops fall from skies
Blades of grass dance in delight
Hydrate, world, hydrate


For our Poetry Slam Schmooze Wednesday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m. Meet us at Barnes & Noble in College Station. (Gentle critique will still begin at 9:30.) Here's the PROMPT LIST for our Poetry Slam. Rules are posted on the event page.

Include at least four words from the following list in each poem presented. Plural forms are allowed.

1. favorite
2. open
3. purple
4. rabbit
5. splash
6. sunshine
7. zest


Young Poets on the Brazos Poetry Contest Join us on Tuesday evening at Larry J. Ringer Library in College Station as we celebrate the winners of our 20th annual Young Poets on the Brazos Poetry Contest. We will start setting up at 6:30 and the poetry reading will begin at 7 p.m. Twenty-four sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will have their poems included in this year's anthology. There will be cake!


It's fun to get to share good news. Let us know what is going on with your work so we can celebrate together. Here's the latest news:

Carol Tollefson will be signing her first book, Lana Ladybug's Garden Party (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2014), from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Nacogdoches Hastings store. Her second book, McTavich That Rascal Squirrel, is due to come out in June 2015.

Alice Brock has sold her middle grade novel, River of Cattle, to Duke Pennell with Pen-L Publishing in Fayetteville, AR.  She pitched it to him at the Oklahoma Writers Federation convention a couple of years ago, and now she has a three book contract.

Linnea Heaney has two poems coming out this summer in Highlights Hello.

Kathi Appelt’s latest picture books, Counting Crows (Simon & Schuster, March 2015) and When Otis Courted Mama (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2015), were featured in Glenn Dromgoole’s column on March 22. Both books also have received starred reviews.

Author of the picture book biography, Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter, Kathy Whitehead attended the opening of "The Murals of Clementine Hunter" featuring the African House Murals and other large format works in their first ever museum installation at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Congratulations everyone!!!

SCBWI Announces Golden Kite Awards for 2015. Congrats to all the winners!


We need diverse books short story contest. Details here. Hurry, deadline on May 8th.

MeeGenius welcomes children's book manuscripts. 
MeeGenius (est. 2010), the top-selling ebook reader app for young readers, is accepting children’s book manuscripts from writers. The publisher works individually with writers to publish stories for young ones (ages 2-8). Visit the link for more details.


Recently found... 3 scrapped pages of A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter.

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